Matt Abé named chair of judges for National Chef of the Year

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Matt Abé named chair of judges for National Chef of the Year

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Matt Abé, chef-patron at three Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, has been named as the new chair of judges for National Chef of the Year (NCOTY).

Former NCOTY winner and head chef at the Falcon Hotel, Russell Bateman has been unveiled as Chair for the Young National Chef of the Year competition.

“The Craft Guild of Chefs prides itself on the rigorous judging process we have in the National Chef of the Year competition, and this is always strengthened by us selecting some of the most influential chefs in the UK to chair it,” says David Mulcahy, competition director and food innovation and sustainability director at Sodexo UK and Ireland.

“We are delighted to welcome Matt Abé as our new NCOTY Chair and we know he will have a huge impact on the success of the competition. To be able to put your dishes in front of a chef that has achieved as much as Matt has will be a huge honour for everyone who enters.”

Abé has taken on the chair of judges role from The House of Tides chef-patron Kenny Atkinson.

“With Gordon being a former National Chef of the Year winner and having judged it previously myself, I know it’s a competition that is very much on most chef’s radar,” says Abé.

“I’m so proud to be the new Chair of Judges and see what I can bring to the event. I want to push new things and continue to grow this amazing competition, celebrating the incredible talent that we have in the UK.”

The Young National Chef of the Year competition will launch later this year and previous winners of other chef competitions will be invited to enter. Bateman says: “I absolutely love these competitions and so this is a real honour for me to lead the judging process for Young National Chef of the Year.

“Nurturing young talent is something I am extremely passionate about and having chaired the Graduate Awards previously it seems the right next step to take to follow and support these young chefs’ journeys.”

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